The Perfect Witness: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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She had the perfect life.
She had the perfect cover.
She was the perfect witness.
Until they found her.

When Teresa Casali was young she discovered she had a strange gift:  the ability to read people’s memories.  But the gift seemed more like a curse as her mob...
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The Perfect Witness: A Novel

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Overview


She had the perfect life.
She had the perfect cover.
She was the perfect witness.
Until they found her.

When Teresa Casali was young she discovered she had a strange gift:  the ability to read people’s memories.  But the gift seemed more like a curse as her mob boss father used her to gain the upper hand in his world of corruption and violence.  Exposed by her own family to the darkest impulses of mankind, Teresa is alone and unprotected.  She realizes that if she is to survive, she has to run.

Out of nowhere, or so she believes, a man by the name of Andre Mandak appears. He kills her pursuers—but that’s not nearly enough for Teresa to trust him. It is his promise to get her into Witness Protection, along with his mind-blowing ability to help her control her gift before it consumes her, that convinces Teresa Casali to become Allie Girard. Living a normal life with a new family, she shuts the door to the past …although Mandak is clear: when the time is right, he too will benefit from her powers.
For years Allie flourishes …until the day her cover is blown and the truth comes tumbling out.  Once again she is on the run, with her own life and those of her loved ones at stake.  But this time she will not be a pawn.  This time she will use her finely honed gift to end the threat that began with her family’s betrayal. From perfect target to perfect witness, Allie Girard is ready to take on the past even if it kills her.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250020062
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,484
  • File size: 538 KB

Meet the Author

Iris Johansen

IRIS JOHANSEN is The New York Times bestselling author of Live to See Tomorrow, Silencing Eve, Hunting Eve, Taking Eve, Sleep No More, What Doesn't Kill You, Bonnie, Quinn, Eve, Chasing The Night, Eight Days to Live, Blood Game, Deadlock, Dark Summer, Pandora's Daughter, Quicksand, Killer Dreams, On The Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, No One To Trust and more. And with her son, Roy Johansen, she has coauthored Sight Unseen., Close Your Eyes, Shadow Zone, Storm Cycle, and Silent Thunder. 

Biography

After her two children left home for college, Iris Johansen decided to devote her new found free time to writing. Since she loved reading romance novels, she penned a love story, and found to her surprise that "I was just as voracious a writer as I was a reader." During the 1980s, her name was emblazoned on dozens of slender volumes featuring spirited adventuresses, passionate mystery men, and smoldering love scenes. These days, Johansen is one of a posse of former romance writers dominating the New York Times bestseller lists.

Early on in her career, Johansen developed the habit of following characters from book to book, sometimes introducing minor characters in one novel who then become major figures in another. She developed families, relationships, and even fictional countries in her romance novels, which "stretched the boundaries of the standard formulas," according to Barbara E. Kemp in Twentieth-Century Romance and Historical Writers. In 1991, Johansen broke out of category romance (a term for short books written to conform to the length, style and subject matter guidelines for a publisher's series) with The Wind Dancer, a romantic-suspense novel set in 16th-century Italy. She followed it with two sequels, Storm Winds and Reap the Wind, to form a trilogy, then wrote several more stand-alone romance novels before The Ugly Duckling was published in 1996.

The Ugly Duckling was her first book to be released in hardcover -- and the first to significantly broaden her readership beyond her romance fan base. Since then, Johansen's plots have gotten tighter and more suspense-driven; critics have praised her "flesh-and-blood characters, crackling dialogue and lean, suspenseful plotting" (Publishers Weekly). Some of her most popular books feature forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, who first appeared in The Face of Deception in 1998. But Johansen seems equally comfortable with male protagonists, and her books have crossed the gender division that often characterizes popular fiction. Indeed, Publishers Weekly called The Search "that rarity: a woman's novel for men."

Good To Know

Johansen rewrote the ending of Reap the Wind for its reissue in 2002. "I couldn't resist tightening and changing the climax to correspond with my changed ideas on plot structure but the story is basically the same," she explained in a Q&A on her publisher's web site.

Many of her early novels were written for the Loveswept series from Bantam Books; bestselling authors Sandra Brown and Kay Hooper also wrote for the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Terrible

    This book should never have been published. The story is so thin I cannot understand how it was referred to as "thrilling" in the Publishers Weekly review. Oh, maybe because they fabricate positive reviews to sell more books. 2nd worst book I've ever read, and I read a lot.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Not up to par

    Story not up to par with Iris Johansen's usual story or writing. Story very predictable, no surprises, characters not well developed. very disappointed

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2014

    Awful, do not waste your money. Premise is never made believable

    Awful, do not waste your money.
    Premise is never made believable, dialogue repeats, and repeats, and repeats. I now distrust the Publishers Weekly reviews on the
    B&N website. Must only be there to convince you to waste money because any editor with a brain would not publish this. 

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    Not up to Iris Johansen's usual standards. I listened to this b

    Not up to Iris Johansen's usual standards. I listened to this book as an audio tape, and it hardly held my attention. The characters weren't likeable nor did they show any growth, the overall plot was poor. The writing/dialogue was very simplistic. Really hope the next book is back to her usual standards.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2014

    Horrible and boring


    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    GREAT READ!

    This is a stand-alone book from Ms. Johansen. I wasn't sure how I would like that, being such a fan of her Eve Duncan series. I was looking forward to seeing if her character development that I love could be achieved with one book.

    I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed this book. It had a good plot with a little extra "psychic" feel to it that I really liked. I loved Alli and Mandak. The book started out quick and I found I could not put it down once the action started. There were some sad moments in the story, I even got a little teary once or twice. There was a little romance, and a little sexual tension. With all that rolled into one book, I found it to be a great read!

    If you have read and enjoyed the Eve Duncan series, or anything else by Ms. Johansen, I think you will enjoy this. If you haven't, this would be a great place to start.

    To Ms. Johansen -- Thanx for another night of ignoring anything of importance while I finish one of your reads! Maybe you will visit these two characters again sometime. Or maybe a series concerning the "family"..............???? :~)

    --SPeeD

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2014

    AWFUL

    One of my favorite authors and I'm stunned at this book. Talk about DRAGGING on and on.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    Do not recommend

    I usually like Johansen's books; however, I felt I had read a very similar story before. Most of the writing was repetitive and didn't move the story along. It didn't really get my interest until almost the end of the book. There were several events in the book that I just found unbelievable.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2014

    Horrible.  Repetitive.  Protagonist was sulky, argumentative, wh

    Horrible.  Repetitive.  Protagonist was sulky, argumentative, whiney, and just unlikable.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2015

    Horrible! I enjoy Iris Johansen but this has to be the worst boo

    Horrible! I enjoy Iris Johansen but this has to be the worst book I have ever read. I'm sorry I spent money on this book. The female character is ridiculous, I actually don't believe that i will be able to finish this book. Don't waste your money on this dud.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2015

    I have to agree with previous reviewers.....I am listening to th

    I have to agree with previous reviewers.....I am listening to the audio book and can barely hang on. Too much repetition, whining, and two dimensional characters. I have found Johansen's writing of late like this. Her Eve trilogy could have been a terrific single book.
    This one is completely boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2014

    Interesting, unusual read

    Thoroughly enjoyed

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2014

    Highly Recommended!!!

    Love the Book!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2014

    Erotica under the paranormal adventure mafia sub genres and tedious

    Author has written a few too many and has reverted to the last resort before writers block grafic violence sex and language. She is not the first series writer to be reduced to this to keep sales up borrowed from library as a new book and sorry they wasted money on it m.a @sparta

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Great book!!!

    I can only hope there is another Allie book in the works. This book kept me on the edge of my seat from the begining. Loved ALL the characters too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Good book i loved it ima buy it

    I will buy dis ook amillon times

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2014

    A wonderful and wild ride

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this stand alone novel! I LOVED THE CHARACTERS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2014

    :O

    I havent read this book lol

    0 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 30, 2014

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    Posted September 9, 2014

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